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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does dog training typically cost?

The average cost of dog training ranges from $60 to $155 per hour. But, your dog’s training might cost more or less depending on a number of different factors. For example, you might pay less if you schedule group classes instead of private instruction. The type of training (aggressive behavior, basic obedience, off-leash training, etc.) could have different prices as well. 

Get an exact cost estimate by contacting several dog trainers near you

Learn more about dog training cost factors.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a dog trainer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Utilize as many digital means as necessary when setting up appointments or consultations with dog trainers near you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the best way to begin is by conducting a search for dog trainers online. Compare services side by side, and ask each dog trainer you contact if it’s possible to schedule a consultation or appointment completely virtually. During this time, you should also discuss strategies for completing training and payments through digital means.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a dog trainer when social distancing?

Current CDC guidelines state, “Do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household.” It also explains that more studies are needed to understand if and how animals could be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and how this might affect human health.

If you’re uncomfortable with hiring a dog trainer right now, you can reach out to dog trainers in your area to see if they will let you book an appointment in the future when social distancing guidelines are lifted. Or, ask if they offer virtual or remote services.

If you do decide to hire a pro to train your dog in person, limit any physical contact with the trainer. Stay 6 feet apart, sanitize items and surfaces, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.   

What do professional dog trainers do?

Dog trainers can perform a range of activities, ranging from training law enforcement dogs to working with therapy dogs or search-and-rescue dogs. However, most people hire dog trainers for obedience training. This is largely a process of training the human — much of how a dog interprets our behaviors, commands, tone and body language is counterintuitive at first. The trainer will typically come to your home to observe your relationship with your dog, teach you how to train a command and give you guidance for reinforcing it.

Is it ever too late to start training a dog?

It’s never too late to train your dog — “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a myth. Whether you adopt an older dog from the shelter or simply want to have a better relationship with your elderly dog, hiring a dog trainer can be a good investment.

Is dog training worth the money?

Dog training can be a highly rewarding investment for most dog owners. With dog training, you can establish a better, healthier relationship with your dog, who will learn to understand your commands and wishes. Your frustration levels may decrease, and you might be able to resume activities you’ve put off, such as having people over or taking your dog to public places (though, this is hard to guarantee because each dog is unique). 

Just remember that no amount of dog training will pay off if you don’t practice and follow the directions the dog trainer gives you. Consistency is the most important factor.

Can I use digital payments to pay for dog training?

Many professional dog trainers accept digital payments instead of cash or check. One effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it is encouraging companies and services to onboard digital platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo and Square Cash as a means of curbing virus transmission risk.

When you contact dog trainers near you, ask if they’ll accept digital payments. This information is also typically available on their online profiles.

How can I find out if a dog trainer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Guidelines on essential services are constantly being updated by local and federal government agencies. To see which services qualify as essential COVID-19 service providers, start with your city or state’s government website.

A reliable list of federal guidelines is available on CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.  .

Does a dog trainer need to enter my home?

Depending on the type of dog training you need, a dog trainer may need to enter your home. Many behaviors that need to be corrected are associated with the dog being in the house. However, some types of training can take place virtually or even outside while observing safe social distancing practices.

Start by asking dog trainers in your area if they’ll perform a video consultation instead of an in-person one, and ask if they need to enter your home.

Do dog trainers offer remote or virtual services?

Although dog training is traditionally performed in person, the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused some professional dog trainers to move to remote training and virtual services. You can contact dog trainers near you to ask about the possibility of remote or virtual services. Also, ask whether all aspects of the process can be digital, including payment.

Reviews for Simi Valley dog trainers
Tina l.
Karen is very friendly, she is very good at explaining the steps to follow for training my dog obedience commands. My dog was turned into shelter by previous owner for bitting issues. He was not trained to do anything. With help of Karen I learned and gained confidence in how to handle and train my dog. She has been very patient with me and always available on the phone for any questions I have. She gave me hope when I was completely hopeless and she helped me train my dog. I feel so confident and happy now with my dog. I honestly love her, and looking forward to her help for training my other dog.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Kathy J.
Robert has been working with my 9 month Golden Retriever for the last few months. We have weekly training sessions. I am extremely happy with his method of training and the genuine affection he shows for my dog. My dog really enjoys his training and has come so far since Robert started working with him. I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a dog trainer to contact Robert, you and your dog will be happy you did!
Weatherwax Dog TrainingWeatherwax Dog Training
Christine V.
So far, so good. My dog is still there, so I’ll come back to review after her board & train is over.
Your Best CompanionYour Best Companion
Kaleigh c.
This trainer was helpful and took a lot of time to explain to me why certain things were happening so that I could better understand my dog and what I was doing for him. She helped me understand and communicate me being the alpha for my dog and that has helped our family tremendously!
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Shari G.
We have our first puppy and we were struggling with many dog training issues (integration with two adult cats, potty training, biting, barking - the works!) and Karen was a great partner in helping us communicate better with our puppy and achieve great results. She is knowledgeable, passionate, and eager to make a difference.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
For almost 2 years, our lab mix rescue dog - Bailey - has challenged us on walks. I couldn't walk her - she pulled intensely on a leash & was distracted by anything she heard or anything that moved. ADD with physical reaction. If we came upon another dog on a leash, Bailey was aggressive and hard to control. My husband's back suffered from walking her, & he said I absolutely could not control her. Raquel's reviews prompted me to hire her. Within minutes of entering our home, she was in control. I was amazed at my dog's reaction to her direction. Bailey challenged her every step of the way - leaving the house, out the door, on the walk, encountering other dogs being walked. We observed how she handled Bailey, and learned so much. Our dog was heeling at her side! No pulling. Bailey kept challenging her, but Raquel kept correcting. Our first dog encounter was rough. But the 2nd one was so much better. Basically, Bailey was responding to who was boss. We have a lot of work to do. Raquel said Bailey would challenge us every day. It's up to us to continue using the tools she taught us. It will be a commitment. But now we know what to do. Hire Raquel. She promotes a one-session training and it works. That's what also drew me to her. Everyone's schedule is busy, and I wanted to train my dog without scheduling several appointments. What I saw was what Bailey could do with the right trainer, yet, Raquel was training us all. I'm very jazzed, but also understand that this will be a "walk in progress". Thanks, Raquel! I'll let you know how we're doing!
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
Thumbtack Customer
We were very impressed with Raquel and her training. We were at our wits end with our 8 month old lab Molly. Despite her having attended 2 group dog training courses at our local pet store, she was out of control. She had taken over our household and was creating discord by her bad behavior for all who reside here, including our 6 year old lab and our cat. Raquel worked with our family, gave us knowledge and skills on how to work with Molly to regain control of our home. Her training encompassed the whole family as we all had our own way of dealing with Molly's behavior. Molly was truly a different dog at the end of our intensive training. We know we still have much work to do but we are encouraged that we now have the skill to continue and the support and encouragement from Raquel.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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